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Chinese navy is planning ahead. India’s approach doesn’t match up, above sea or below

While China has been focusing on its naval build-up, from carriers to destroyers, Indian Navy’s budget keeps decreasing.

India’s defence procurement must be driven by investment in emerging tech. CDS taking lead

The review by the CDS seeks to break down the silos that the three Services work in as far as procurement is concerned.

India dropped the ball in Kashmir, but it can’t afford to along the LAC

For those who have been following the Kashmir and India-China developments closely, both outcomes are no surprise.

Gen Bipin Rawat’s Russia, US visits show something is changing in India’s military diplomacy

India has openly pitched for exporting weapons to regions such as Africa, which has been traditionally dominated by China.

Air Marshal Chaudhari knows the mess IAF is in. Must push the govt for more fighter aircraft

The IAF chief has his platter full to transform it into a modern fighting force, capable of not just defending its borders but also for force projection outside.

Rafale, S-400 or C-295, all came from out-of-the-box thinking. India should do it more often

Recent defence deals have been successful only because they were made through unconventional means, circumventing the long and tedious procurement processes.

Russia a forever partner but defence ties with India seems to have run its course

Indian defence establishment has already made up its mind about what it wants from Moscow now.

Gen Naravane urged to drop L1 regime from defence procurement. That’s just one problem area

What Naravane stated publicly has been rued for years, in private, in the defence establishment.

India right to wait till Taliban comes in full view. No need to rush into an ‘Afghan strategy’

A pro-Pakistan government in Afghanistan will be a disaster for India. Because China too will be controlling Kabul through Islamabad. But Delhi right to 'wait and watch'.

Soft kill or hard kill, there’s no foolproof system to counter drones. India needs R&D

In itself, the Jammu attack did not cost much but it has forced India to eventually spend a lot of money to counter the threat of drones.

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A view of the old city of Sana'a

Yemen’s ragtag rebels became a threat to world economy, showed military power has its limits

Iran and Saudi Arabia are talking—but it might be too late to put the war-making djinn back in the bottle. Power-brokers in Yemen depend on violence to secure influence.
Bottles of sunflower oil at a plant in Alekseyevka, Russia | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

India to look at Brazil, Russia for sunflower oil as invasion threat looms over Ukraine

Ukraine is India's biggest supplier of sunflower oil. Any escalation in Russia-Ukraine tension is likely to hit edible oil prices in the country as 70% of its requirement is imported.

Defence

The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.
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